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Mid-Year Review + Talk by Rob Cowan AoU

July 26, 2017 @ 15:30 - 20:30 BST


The Academy is planning to produce a new statement of principles later this year. This will combine the original manifesto which focuses on the characteristics of a good place, with the Freiburg Charter, the Agenda for the Future of Urbanism produced with Barton Wilmore late last year and the recently drafted Young Urbanist manifesto.

We would like to use the Mid-Year Review to open up a discussion about the scope and content of the combined document. What stance should we take on housing, digital urbanism, the planning system, city leadership, How internationalist should we be and to what extent should we address political issues?

It promises to be a stimulating interactive discussion on the future the Academy and of urbanism.

The review will be followed by a talk from Rob Cowan AoU on The Language of Urbanism. We will then make our way to the rooftop overlooking London for an evening drinks reception hosted by Alan Baxter.

Rob Cowan AoU

Rob Cowan is an urbanist, writer and trainer, and director of the consultancy Urban Design Skills. His more than 20 books include (as joint author) the government’s first urban design guidance, By Design, and (as editor) its replacement, the recently published Design Companion for Planning and Placemaking; three design guides for the Scottish Government; Urban Design Guidance; and a book of his cartoons, Plandemonium.

He is editor of Context, the journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, and a judge of the Civic Voice Design Awards. He originated the Placecheck method, now available as a web app (www.placecheck.info). He was the first director of the Urban Design Group. He tweets @cowanrob.
Rob began working on urban lexicography in 2000. The first edition of his Dictionary of Urbanism was published in 2005, and he has been updating and expanding it ever since. The second edition (1,000 pages and nearly too heavy to lift) is due to be published in 2018.

Please note: the Mid-Year Review is open to Academicians and Young Urbanists only. The Guest Speaker and Reception is open to all

If you can’t make the review, please join us for the evening Talk and Reception.

Arrivals: 15:15
Mid-Year Review: 15:30 – 17:30
Guest Speaker and Reception: 18:00 – 20:30


July 26, 2017
15:30 - 20:30 BST


The Gallery
70 Cowcross Street
London , EC1M 6EJ
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